Analyst Ratings for Loews Corp. (L)

Updated: 2017-07-27

Loews Corp. (NYSE:L) was awarded an average rating of Hold from investment analysts following the stock. L had previously received a consensus rating of Hold a month ago.

5 analysts issued ratings on the stock, where 1 gave L a buy rating, 0 gave an overweight rating, 4 issued a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 0 gave a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. Over the same time period, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a negative outlook on the stock.

Several price targets were given for L by the analysts covering the stock. The highest price target was 46, implying a possible profit of -4.41 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 45, which equates to a potential downside of -6.48 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates downwards for this quarter, by about -1.3 percent on average, compared to last month. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -2.56 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -0.48 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. Over the past month, 2 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, which can be compared to the 2 analysts that decreased their estimates. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, compared to 2 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

The growth rate of L's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 22.1 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. L has a PEG ratio of 0.87.

In the trailing 52-weeks, L hit 48.59 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 39.71. Today's price is 21.18 percent above the 52-week low, and 0.97 percent lower than its 52-week high. L has a price/earnings ratio of 19.17. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The L value stock report compares L to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $16.2 billion. L's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.